04 December, 2020

A Plastic Chokehold

About two months after the buzz about a natio­nal ban on single-use plastics made headlines, the government has come up with the semb­lance of a definition for ‘single-­use plastic’ and a time-frame for phasing it out.

Students ­protest against ­plastic pollution
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A Plastic Chokehold
outlookindia.com
2019-12-09T12:26:13+05:30

About two months after the buzz about a natio­nal ban on single-use plastics made headlines, the government has come up with the semb­lance of a definition for ‘single-­use plastic’ and a time-frame for phasing it out. On Nov­ember 22, replying to a question by MPs Pasunoori Dayakar  of TRS and Venka­tesh Nethaborlakunta of the Congress, minister for environment, forests and climate change Prakash Javadekar, without mentioning microns or what the plastic is used for, seemingly kicked the can down the road. “The trends of using plastic in day-to-day life became so fast that most of the plastic produced is designed to be thrown away after being used only once. This type of plastic, which is commonly used for packaging, carrying or dispensing the commodities, and include items intended to be used only once before they are discarded, can be termed as ‘single-use plastic’ for ease of understanding,” he said.

The broad definition aside, Javadekar did mention that an increased dem­and by consumers and increasing...

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